The Justice Department is stepping up its intellectual property enforcement, calling the protection of IP rights a top priority under Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler said in op-ed in The National Law Journal this week.
Grindler said intellectual property rights enforcement is "crucial to our continued success and safety,” and said it is “imperative that the government act, and act aggressively." Click here for Grindler's op-ed.
“When we fail to enforce intellectual property rights aggressively, we fail to protect some of our nation's most important and valuable resources,” Grindler said. “The theft of even a single trade secret can completely destroy a burgeoning small business.”
Grindler, who replaced Deputy Attorney General David Ogden after his return this year to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, chairs the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property. Holder formed the multi-agency task force earlier this year to address what DOJ officials say is the growing threat of intellectual property crime.
This week, DOJ announced it was dedicating 15 new federal prosecutors to intellectual property enforcement.